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The United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and...France?
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Jon emailed this little tidbit to me earlier today, saying he really didn't know what to make of it.

Frankly, neither do I.
Britain and France talked about a "union" in the 1950s, even discussing the possibility of the Queen becoming the French head of state, it was reported today.

On September 10 1956, Guy Mollet, the then French prime minister, came to London to discuss the possibility of a merger between the two countries with his British counterpart, Sir Anthony Eden, according to declassified papers from the National Archives, uncovered by the BBC.

A British cabinet paper from the period reads: "When the French prime minister, Monsieur Mollet, was recently in London, he raised with the prime minister the possibility of a union between the United Kingdom and France."
A union between Britain and France with Elizabeth as the monarch?

Surely this was some sort of elaborate practical joke.
 
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Nope, it was just a rehash of an old idea.

Churchill proposed a union in the last days before France surrendered to Germany in world war 2. It was originally an effort to keep France in the war and, I have learned, to save the French fleet in particular. Apparantly even de Gaulle was for the idea (which I find incredible) but Petain was very much against it and when he replaced Reynaud (the day after the proposal was made I think) the plan was killed stone dead.
 
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